Vine was just released yesterday as Twitter’s new standalone video-sharing iOS app. It lets users thread together tiny clips into one looping six-second video, with a UI very similar to Instagram’s.
The app expectedly made a splash with early adopters in the tech world and has seemed to gain momentum in the past 24 hours, becoming the top free app in the App Store’s Social category. It’s also… → Read More
Snapchat and Facebook Poke have clearly validated the demand for ephemeral messaging, and perhaps even a desire for added security (whether it’s misguidedly through social networks or not). But SMS seems like the obvious choice for the most private of your messaging platforms, which is why Gryphn technology has launched its own self-destructing SMS platform for Android.
Editor’s note:Antone Johnson is a startup lawyer specializing in early-stage consumer Internet and location-based businesses.
Facebook has been accused of creating a slavish copy of Snapchat. Yet Poke may turn out to be a poster child for why most multi-billion-dollar public companies try not to break things, and as a consequence, are often precluded from moving fast like startups. → Read More
Facebook Poke messages self-destruct after a few seconds, but is Facebook saving these potentially embarrassing photos and videos? No. It’s deleting them. Pokes are encrypted, and Facebook deletes the encryption keys two days after they’re read so they’re unreadable. Key backups are destroyed within 90 days, making a poke completely inaccessible. So send those silly, racy messages with confidence. → Read More
Facebook has just announced its newest standalone app called “Poke” which lets people send photos, videos, pokes, or text Facebook messages to their friends that expire after a few seconds. The launch confirms AllThingsD’s report from earlier this month. Built in just 12 days, Poke is a big move into the ephemeral messaging space for Facebook, and it could give it even more data on who your… → Read More
In case Facebook Poking wasn’t addictive enough, the Pokes page recently began updating in real time. That means you can leave your finger on the trigger and poke back the instant a friend pokes you.
I’ve heard from a Facebook employee that the feature was built by an intern, and bless their soul. Or curse it if you have something important to do, because you’d be surprised how quickly you can… → Read More